Elders honoured for 40 years of service

FALKIRK Cladhan Hotel- Stan Dick and Robert Buchanan celebrating 40 years as church elders at Redding and Westquarter church. L-R: Douglas Brown, Robert Buchanan, Stan Dick & Rev. Mary Henderson.
FALKIRK Cladhan Hotel- Stan Dick and Robert Buchanan celebrating 40 years as church elders at Redding and Westquarter church. L-R: Douglas Brown, Robert Buchanan, Stan Dick & Rev. Mary Henderson.
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TWO church elders who have served the same parish for 40 years have been honoured.

Robert Buchanan and Stan Dick first became senior members of Redding and Westquarter Church in 1971.

Their achievement was marked at a special service on March 13 led by the Moderator of Falkirk Presbytery, Norah Summers.

She thanked the pair for their dedication and years of hard work.

A special dinner was then held in their honour at the Cladhan Hotel in Falkirk last Friday.

Robert and Stan have each held a variety of positions within the church over the years – from Sunday school teacher to roof repairer.

They have served a total of five different ministers in that time.

The present incumbent, the Rev. Mary Henderson, said: “Elders play a vital role in the Church of Scotland.

“As minister I am just one member of the team that ensures everything runs smoothly.

“Robert and Stan share in the pastoral work and decision making of the church.

“The contribution each has made is massive.”

Stan (84) has had a close link with Redding and Westquarter for most of his adult life, having married his wife Mary there in 1952.

He previously had served in Palestine with the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders, but it was his job as a coach builder which proved to be most useful during his time as an elder.

Stan said: “I was property convener for 35 years. I could work with tools, so I was soon repairing the roof and replacing any broken windows.

“I’ve stepped back from that now but I plan to carry on serving the church as long as I remain fit.”

Robert (65) has been regularly attending Redding and Westquarter since he was 17.

He was a teacher at the church Sunday school for more than 30 years, but has also done more than his share of more manual jobs.

He said: “Anything that is needed to be done you just get on with, whether it is laying slabs or mending fences.

“What I enjoy most is getting out and meeting people in the parish. I’ve learnt a lot from them over the years.”